Historic Tennessee Theatre - Est. 1928 Knoxville, Tennessee


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A grand setting for your special event.

When it opened in 1928, the Tennessee Theatre was hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theatre.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Tennessee Theatre is honored as the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. A $25.5 million restoration and renovation project, completed in 2005 and funded through public and private donations, transformed the historic venue into a world-class performing arts facility with a larger stage, greatly improved backstage and dressing areas, new seats, elevators, reproductions of original carpets, light fixtures and paint surfaces, modernized restroom facilities, and state-of-the-art technical equipment.


Originally functioning as a movie palace, today’s Tennessee Theatre serves as East Tennessee’s most technically advanced, full-service performing arts facility.It also serves as the perfect setting for weddings, corporate meetings, and special events. Patrons of the Tennessee experience the utmost in comfort, convenience, and accessibility, all while surrounded by the decorative grandeur of the historic interior.


Our experienced and friendly staff will provide you the highest level of service toward the goal of a successful event and a memorable evening for your guests. Throughout the planning and production of your event, do not hesitate to communicate any questions or concerns. We are available to make your experience at the Tennessee Theatre an exceptional one.


We look forward to working with you and are honored that you have considered the historic Tennessee Theatre for your event.

Luxurious accommodations.


  • Auditorium seating for up to 1600 people
  • Grand Lobby with capacity for up to 500
  • Additional private reception/meeting rooms and multiple dressing rooms
  • State-of-the-art lighting, sound, Wurlitzer organ and movie screen
  • Multi-level parking garage next door
  • Full-service bar and catering available
  • Talent booking, event management, and promotions services available


Perfect for:

  • Weddings
  • Meetings
  • Lectures
  • Receptions
  • Film premieres
  • Private movie screenings
  • Performing arts events


World-class service.


“The staff was very accommodating and helped us provide a unique and memorable experience for our participants.”

                                     --Beth Hamil, Leadership Knoxville


“I cannot begin to tell you how helpful you were and how wonderful it was to be able to film in such an incredible place.I have done this a very long time, and shot in a lot of places.The Tennessee Theatre ranks as one of the top.”

                                     -- Robin Rucker, freelance television producer


“The theatre is the most beautiful hall in Tennessee and the entire staff was a dream to work with.”

                                     --S, Murphy, Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series


“Within two months of our initial meeting, we were able to set up an event to benefit our children’s charity.The experience was painless and fun!”

                                     --Dena Pinsker, Variety Children’s Charity


“I’ll book events with the Tennessee Theatre every time I have a chance!”

                                     --April Biddle, Enterprise Rent-A-Car